Afghanistan

Killing the al-Qaeda chief leaves endless questions
Killing the al-Qaeda chief leaves endless questions
Killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone attack inside Taliban-ruled Afghanistan at the weekend has been billed as a major win by the United States…
India-Pakistan: regional rivalries still rule in Afghanistan
India-Pakistan: regional rivalries still rule in Afghanistan
Growing ties between India and the Taliban in Afghanistan have raised eyebrows in Pakistan, which doesn’t want to see a New Delhi-friendly Kabul due to its own security concerns. …
Australia can stand up for the Afghan people, and the time is now
Australia can stand up for the Afghan people, and the time is now
On 19 April, a suicide bomber struck as students were coming out of school in Kabul, Afghanistan, leaving dozens injured and at least six dead. The brutality of the attack – and…
Drones do the talking in Pakistan’s anti-terror offensive
Drones do the talking in Pakistan’s anti-terror offensive
In the last fortnight, Pakistan has launched a drone campaign in Afghanistan against the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – the Pakistani Taliban. The campaign is a result…
Russia’s effort to escape diplomatic isolation
Russia’s effort to escape diplomatic isolation
As a consequence of its actions, Russia faces potentially stifling isolation. Russia will want to show the limits of this isolation through regional frameworks that also enable…
Oslo talks expose the West’s Taliban dilemma 
Oslo talks expose the West’s Taliban dilemma 
Last week, Western officials held closed-door discussions with a Taliban delegation hosted by Norway in Oslo, making clear that humanitarian aid to Afghanistan would be …
The geopolitics of aiding the Taliban’s Afghanistan
The geopolitics of aiding the Taliban’s Afghanistan
The world has turned a blind eye to the sheer human misery surrounding Afghanistan ever since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021. While several regional countries…
Taliban takeover – Best of The Interpreter 2021
Taliban takeover – Best of The Interpreter 2021
US forces and their allies debated the same question with varying intensity for 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. Afghanistan: To leave or not to leave? Syed Fazl-e-Haider: The…
The Doha accord and Taliban legitimacy
The Doha accord and Taliban legitimacy
Under the 2020 Doha Agreement, the US withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan was conditional on Taliban security assurances that Afghan territory would not be used as a launch…
After The Fall: Fawzia Koofi on Afghanistan's future
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After The Fall: Fawzia Koofi on Afghanistan's future
In this episode of Lowy Institute Conversations, former member of the Afghan parliament and its first female deputy speaker Fawzia Koofi joins Lowy Institute Research…